Shower Drywall

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Vivian F
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Aloha,

I enjoy your radio show, and thought about asking you the important question about the proper drywall to use in our bathroom remodel.   We live on the second floor in a condominium in Hawaii which is right on a marina, and mold/mildew are always a problem.   Unfortunately neither of our bathrooms have a window!  The apartment two floors above had a water issue and leaked down on us.   We are tearing out our tub/shower enclosure, taking out the tub, replacing with shower pan and enclosure, along with glass sliding doors, and would like your opinion on which is the BEST DRYWALL available in our area for our not well ventillated, perfect mold environment  (there is only a vent that goes up to the roof of our eight-story condo ~ has fan on roof sucking moisture up and out, but it is not as effective as one you would have in a home, and particularly not as effective as a window).

I searched your site and found a radio caller interview wherein you suggested Dens Armor.   There is no distributor in Hawaii, specifically on Oahu, the island on which we live, so that is out.   We will have a contractor do the work, but I don't want him to just slap in any drywall.   What about cement board?

Also, we are planning to replace the cultured marble which we have in there now, and which leads me to another question.   I'm having trouble finding the nice SUBTLE marbling effect in the cultured marble fabricators here, one of which is the original company who made and installed ours.   What the three companies on island are showing me look so plastic-y now, but they tell me they can try to get a more sutble marbling effect, but I'm nervous about it ~~ have they changed the material base since 1990s?   I can't get a straight answer from Naka's which is the company we used, but won't now, there samples are not at all as back then.  Mine is pale, subtle and still nice, but must be torn out because of the water damage.

Is there another product you suggest??  Tile is absolutely out for us, too much maintenance on grout and chance of leaking is too great even.

Thanks so much for your help.

Aloha,

Vivian Fraser

Honolulu, HI 96825  

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